Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability

Global warming is one of the most challenging and wide-ranging issues confronting humankind today.  Its effects on the environment and human health have been soundly acknowledged by the scientific and academic communities.  or the past five years, UCSF has benefitted from a Sustainability Steering Committee that has focused on ways to reduce our environmental footprint.  As a health science campus, UCSF is in an excellent position to lead by example to improve our relationship with the environment and health of the planet.  The formation of a UCSF Chancellor ’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) was announced on April 21, 2008.

The charge to this committee is:

To examine UCSF’s effect on the environment from a comprehensive perspective; to evaluate existing UCSF policies, procedures, and/or programs that affects the environment; to serve as a coordinating body for groups or individuals concerned with sustainability issues at UCSF; and to recommend to the Chancellor changes that will increase sustainability at UCSF.

Senior Vice Chancellor John Plotts and Executive Director of Administrative and Human Resources David Odato will serve as co-chairs of the Committee.  Staff support will be provided by Gail Lee, Sustainabiltiy Manager for both campus and medical center.  Initial members of the Committee for 2010 - 2011 are listed below.


David Odato , co-chair
John Plotts, co-chair

Bruce Adams
Dorie Apollonio
Mike Bade
Joseph Castro
John Fecondo
Barbara French
John Greenspan
Stella Hsu
Nancy Milliken
Susan Moore
Aife Murray
Tom Newman
Clifford Roberts
Eric Vermillion
Ellen Weber
Shirley Wong

Medical Center
Finance and Administration

Postdoctoral Scholar
School of Pharmacy
Capital Programs
Student Academic Affairs
Graduate Student Association
University Relations
School of Dentistry
Campus Life Services
School of Medicine
Medical Center
School of Nursing
Academic Senate
Office of Research
Academic Senate
Associated Students of UCSF


Ex-officio Members

Bob Eaton
Maric Munn
Lori Yamauchi
Dan Henroid

Environmental Health and Safety
Facilities Management
Campus Planning
Medical Center


Click on the links below for additional information on CACS.

Chancellor’s Announcement of CACS, April 21, 2008
UCSF Today, Sustainability at UCSF, April 22, 2008
Charge to CACS
CACS Organization Diagram

UCSF Sustainability Steering Committee

Vision Statement

Through a whole systems approach, UCSF aspires to work toward a sustainable campus life which protects and enhances the environment and health of the staff and students, and the City of San Francisco. The university strives to become a leader in environmental sustainability by educating our students, employees and neighboring community. Through an integrated approach, which incorporates economic, human, and ecological health and viability, we will support UCSF’s mission today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


UCSF recognizes its role as a leader and advocate in the community. With the adoption of a sustainability policy, UCSF demonstrates a commitment to responsible stewardship of environmental resources. The policy is to set a standard for sustainable principles in coordination with the Regents and UCOP. We will:

* Efficiently use and conserve water, energy and other resources
* Implement ecological transportation alternatives
* Develop environmentally responsible purchasing practices
* Develop healthy indoor air quality systems
* Minimize solid waste production
* Incorporate lifecycle impact into sustainable financial planning and budget goals
* Integrate environmental literacy into research, education and communication
* Promote environmentally responsible principles for faculty, staff and student behavior
* Implement resource-efficient site planning, design and building principles
* Require environmentally sound practices for hazardous material handling
* Conduct/promote activities among departments and operations in an integrated, interdependent manner

UCSF will convene a Sustainability Steering Committee, with representatives from Purchasing, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Operations, Budget & Finance, the Medical Center, Recycling and Refuse Services, Capital Projects, Planning, Campus Life Services (parking & transportation, housing and vendor services), Government & Community Relations, Public Relations, Laboratory Management, Faculty, Students.


Links to groups and organizations for sustainability resources. Includes construction, waste management, health and food, and many others. Click here to view page.

Work Groups

Work groups are responsible for coordinating and driving work supported by the sustainability committee. Read below to find specific charges related to the UCOP policy on sustainable practices.

Work Group Chart

Budget Work Group

Herodia Allen (
David Hathaway (


  1. Incorporate sustainability issues into the project planning guides (PPG)
  2. Identify the marginal first cost of sustainability-related items in a major project design scope
  3. Support other work groups in determining  cost of resources needed

Clean Energy Work Group

Winifred Kwofie (
Deepak Dandekar (


  1. Procure 20% of electricity needs from renewable power by 2010
  2. Develop strategic plan for siting 1 MW of renewable power at UCSF by 2014
  3. Reduce energy use per square foot of building space by 10% by 2014

Education & Communication Work Group 


Lisa Cisneros (
Laurie Itow (


  1. Inform and educate UCSF constituencies about environmental initiatives
  2. Publicize best practices identified by other work groups


Food Services Work Group


Jack Henderson (
Jennifer Dowd (


  • Inform, educate and influence the university community and beyond about sustainable initiatives at UCSF


Healthcare Work Group

Lisa Hartmeyer(
Amy Day (


  • Promote and practice a culture of sustainability in patient care settings


Sustainable Operations Work Group

Carlowe Connelly (
Diori Johnson (


  1. Submit pilot project for LEED- Existing Buildings (EB) certification by 7/08
  2. Inventory and group buildings by building type
  3. Propose core credits for one building type group


Green Building Work Group

Patti Mitchell (
Deepak Dandekar(


New Construction “NC” - New Buildings as of 07/01/04

  1. Design to energy efficiency 20% beyond California Energy Code standards
  2. Comply with UCSF campus green building baseline
  3. Design and build to equivalent of LEED 2.1 “Silver” rating
  4. Capital Programs will submit all projects for third party certification through the USGBC
  5. Design and build lab buildings equivalent to:
    1. LEED 2.1 “Certified” rating
    2. Labs for the 21st Century (Labs21) environmental performance criteria

Commercial Interiors “CI” - Renovation projects as of 07/01/07

  1. Design major renovations over $5 million to comply with LEED CI “Certified” rating
  2. List sustainable measures for all renovation projects
  3. Comply with UCSF campus green building baseline

ReduceReuseRecycle Work Group

Kathryn Hyde (
Susan Bluestone (
Carl Solomon (


Achieve waste diversion goals of

  1. 50% by June 30, 2008
  2. 75% by June 30, 2012
  3. 100% waste by June 30, 2020


Procurement Work Group


Mike Rodriguez (
Greg Van Riper (


  1. Utilize University Purchasing Power
  2. Suppliers and Contracts
    1. Incorporate credit requirements of LEED
    2. Evaluate total cost of ownership
  3. Energy Star-Rated Products
  4. Recyclable and Recycled Content Commodities


Transportation Work Group


Kevin Cox (
David Morgan (


  1. Practices
    1. Metrics & Benchmarking
      1. Institute AVR measurement (UCLA Methodology)
      2. Convert fleet to non-carbon based fuel
        1. 30% by 09-10
      3. Increase of PZEV & ZEV fleet vehicles
        1. 50% by 09-10 or 20% by 09-10
  2. Programs
    1. Develop pretax program for employee transit pass
    2. Advocate for transit service
    3. Promote rideshare programs
    4. Analyze parking structure business case


For more information on the sustainability committee, or to join any of the groups, contact the applicable workgroup chair or